Skid Row


The Skid Row Collaborative’s mission is to create a more streamlined system of delivery for families experiencing the trauma of homelessness. Created thanks to the generosity of the Cedars-Sinai Behavioral Health Partnerships, the collaborative builds connections between agencies serving homeless families in and around Skid Row. The goal is to share what services each agency provides for families to increase clarity and access.

Partners include Para Los Niños (mental health, community services, school social work), Department of Social Services, Whole Child, PATH, Los Angeles Unified School District, Department of Public Health, and Downtown Mental Health.

If you have any questions or suggestions to update the resources on this page please contact Avian Weiswerda, LCSW at

Early Intervention

These resources are for families who are at risk of eviction/homelessness or under financial burden, and can assist families in retaining and stabilizing their current housing.

Does the family reside in the City of Los Angeles?

Family Source Centers have resources available to anyone who is a resident of the City of LA.

Families can receive a variety of referrals and resources to ameliorate financial burdens and stabilize households to reduce risk of homelessness (support with utilities, mediation support, clothing, food, financial aid, case management, and service coordination)

Family Source Centers

Does a child in the family attend a LAUSD school and meet criteria for homelessness under McKinney/Vento?

Every school has an identified Homeless Liaison. Parents/guardians and students in transition can ask to speak with the Liaison to be connected to District and community resources and may self-identify by completing the confidential Student Housing Questionnaire (SHQ), linked below.

Does the family need additional support problem solving financial burdens to housing or legal support?
  • Families can access Problem Solving Specialists through any Family Solution Center (FSCs) who will look at creative solutions to the housing instability and connect the family to legal resources if needed.
  • Family Solution Center Locations

Eviction Prevention

These resources are for families who are currently housed and have received an eviction notice to leave their housing.

Is the family at risk of losing housing due to issues associated with domestic violence?

Clients can go to the Volunteers of America drop in site (call ahead to make appointment 323-872-0272) for a variety of linkages and direct resources at 5412 E. Beverly Blvd East Los Angeles, Ca 90022, 8am to 4pm Monday –Friday

Clients can be referred directly by provider using this following form.

Is parent eligible for CalWORKS?*

To be eligible for CalWORKS, client must be a resident of California, be low or very low income, and either have a child under 18 years of age or younger, be pregnant, or be 18 years of age or younger and the head of their household.

If yes,

Has the family received an eviction notice or order to leave?

Families can access homeless services through Family Solutions Centers (FSCs) (SPA dependent on family’s current or most recent address)

  • Family will be given an evaluation of eligibility for prevention programs (family should bring a copy of eviction notice and proof of hardship)
    • Hardships are unexpected financial difficulties that contribute to the family’s inability to pay rent
    • Examples of proof of hardship can include bank statements, letter of employment termination, auto repair, medical expenses, etc.  Eligibility of proof of hardship will be determined by the FSC employee
  • If possible provider should email a copy of eviction notice and proof of hardship along with referral form: FSC Referral Form

Crisis Housing

These resources are for families who are currently unhoused and in need of immediate shelter. Please note that all resources listed are dependent upon eligibility and availability.

Is the parent receiving or eligible to receive CalWORKS?

To be eligible for CalWORKS: Client must be a resident of California, be low or very low income, and either have a child under 18 years of age or younger, be pregnant, or be 18 years of age or younger and the head of their household.

If yes,

  • Families are eligible for hotel vouchers through DPSS one time a year (vouchers are given out for 7 days, 7 days, and then an additional 2 days if needed)
  • Families that are GAIN participants (parent must be documented to be a GAIN participant) can get 14 nights additional 1x/lifetime
  • For list of DPSS sites:
Is the client age 18-24?
Is the parent a victim of domestic violence?

Domestic Violence Shelter Intake Hotlines

  • Client must be on the call to the domestic violence shelter for intake.  Each shelter must be called directly to determine if beds are available.
  • Parent can call 211 to inquire into any available domestic violence shelter beds.
Is the family in need of immediate free crisis shelter?

Union Rescue Mission
545 San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90013, 213-347-6300

    • URM provides case management, food, shelter, hygiene supplies, and has dental, legal, and health clinics on site.
    • Family will need to provide if applicable:
      • Identification
      • Social Security
      • Birth certificates for all children
      • Marriage license if married
    • Families determined to be a good fit, can be referred by their Union Rescue Mission Case worker to Hope Gardens (longer term stay of up to two years,

Additionally, families can call 211 for available family shelter beds.

Is the family in need of immediate hotel voucher on a weekend or after 5pm?

If the family is made homeless after 5pm (or on a weekend, for one night) they can call 211 for emergency one night hotel vouchers.

Does parent have capacity to pay program fees?
Does any member of family receive services from Department of Mental Health or Department of Health Services?
  • Families with a member who is receiving mental health services through either a DMH directly operated or contracted site can be referred to the interim housing program.
  • Families with a member eligible under DHS can also be referred to interim housing.

DMH – Adult, TAY or child in services to access (Provider can make referral to Interim Housing Program)

DHS – Adult or child can qualify (Interim Housing Referral Form)

Permanent Housing

These resources are for families who are currently unhoused and in need of support to obtain permanent housing.

Is the family homeless as defined by HUD (families who are doubled up, staying with friends or family, or living in hotel rooms they pay for are not eligible for Rapid Rehousing programs)?

Family Solutions Centers (FSCs)
(SPA dependent on family’s current or most recent address)
FSCs are site-based facilities where families experiencing homelessness of at risk of homelessness can gain access or continue access to the homeless services delivery system for the Greater Los Angeles area. FSC Locations

  • Families can be referred to Family Solutions Centers for assessment of their eligibility for the Rapid Rehousing Program RRH  FSC Referral Form
        • RRH is a housing first model that assists with move-in costs and provides short to medium term rental subsidies.

Domestic Violence Rapid Rehousing

Clients can be referred into this program by caseworker at emergency DV shelter. For clients not in emergency shelter, provider can contact Diana Grant Regional Domestic Violence Coordinator Spa 4,

Veteran’s Resources
If the household contains a veteran, contact Roberto Rivera, SPA 4 Veterans Outreach Coordinator,

Is the family high acuity and high barrier and connected to the Coordinated Entry Program (CES)?
  • Families must be connected to the Coordinated Entry System (CES) to be considered for voucher programs. There are no direct referrals (Refer family to a Family Solutions Center [FSC]).
  • These programs are aimed at supporting those families with high need and high barrier conditions that prevent them from obtaining/maintaining independent housing. Eligibility will be determined by FSC worker.
  • Voucher programs come with ongoing case management and rental subsidy for as long as the participant qualifies. Involvement with DMH, DHS, VA, Probation, DCFS may increase eligibility for certain programs, again determined by FSC worker.
  • Eligibility is not a determinant of availability of vouchers and families will be matched to available vouchers through a matching program run by Los Angeles Homeless Authority (LAHSA).
  • Tenant based – Families will get a voucher and a case manager and will need to find an independent unit that is willing to accept the voucher.
  • Project based – Families are given a voucher to a specific project based housing site that will have an on-site case manager and other supports on location.

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